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  • Article: Aug 14, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    If I might be allowed to comment on the discussion in your recent letter pages around abortion rights; it seems to me that men's rights are often dismissed in this matter.

    It takes two to tango as they say and barring the occasional in vitro fertilisations, men play a pivotal role in producing the future citizens of our societies.

  • Article: Aug 8, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    The long letter by Andrea Bloomfield on the possible dangers of 5G roll out made me think of the way society is going more generally.

    We seem to be relying more and more on technology to solve our problems and improve our quality of life.

    This is fi ne as long as we have given our informed consent; something that I am not aware we have. The fact that we can do something does not mean we want to.

  • Article: Aug 1, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I'd like to comment on Bogbrush's letter in last week's Chronicle where (s)he touches on the reasons for this country's headlong rush into oblivion in the name of Brexit.

    Where I think the mistake lies is in the well-intentioned though misplaced loyalty of many in the Conservative, and to a lesser extent, the Labour Party.

  • Article: Jul 11, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Concerning your article on page eight of last week's Chronicle on freedom of expression, media freedoms and the dangers of certain online content, the issue seems to be around education as well as protections.

    If we assume that we want maximum freedom of expression, as I do, we must design our society around educating everyone, especially the vulnerable about the dangers and what they can do to minimise the risk.

  • Article: Jul 4, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    While applauding the sentiments in the leading letter of last week's Chronicle on meat served in schools not being carbon neutral, the issue is not quite as straightforward as the writers suggest.

    Like cars, technology is altering the science so strict views on being anti-meat for environmental reasons might no longer be strictly accurate.

    In the future, most, if not all meat, will never have been near an animal, except for the cells from which it originated.

    The idea is that cells from living animals are cultured in near identical conditions to that in their bodies in sufficient quantities for it to be sold at our local butcher or supermarket.

    The origin of the product is an animal and it should taste just as it would have done if it had lived its life outdoors, but it might have been produced in the local industrial estate.

    The only losers seem to be farmers - though at least they can live more contented lives, knowing they are not contributing to climate change.

    Yours faithfully,

    (DR) PETER HIRST

    Middlewich.

  • Article: Jun 27, 2019
    By Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Responding to your editorial in last week's Chronicle, we do live in an apparently divided world with our differing viewpoints held as badges of honour to be defended at all costs.

    Many, if not all, religions, however, point to an underlying truth that transcends these beliefs, and from the Christian perspective it is found through Christ.

  • Article: Jun 6, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Concerning your article and accompanying letters on the proposed development off Waggs Road in last week's Chronicle, one thing is not discussed.

    This is the need for new houses and estates to incorporate the latest in environmental features to help counter climate change and improve biodiversity.

  • Article: Jun 6, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I'd like to pick up on Matthias Bunte's letter in last week's Chronicle concerning noncar facilities on the Congleton Link Road.

    It is essential that there is ample space for both pedestrians and cyclists along the whole length.

    If the width is adequate, one side should be sufficient and certainly cheaper and less invasive of land than two for the same overall width.

  • Article: May 16, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I'm amazed, though perhaps not entirely surprised, that you managed to write your entire editorial on the local election results in last week's Chronicle without once mentioning electoral reform.

    With fi rst past the post, our present system of voting and counting those votes, we get huge majorities on councils that do not refl ect the votes cast with the results that you so clearly portray.

  • Article: May 9, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    On reading your article on page four in last week's Chronicle, on the excessive cost of hiring a temporary monitoring offi ce, I was struck by its reference to Cheshire East Council's constitution as preventing speedier progress.

    It seemed like the constitution was being used as an excuse for extravagant spending.